Total loan: $800

Santo Tomas Group

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Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her recipes, pots, pans and baskets.

Santo Tomas Group's story

Just before the sun rises throughout Guatemala, little food stands appear on well-traveled street corners and in small towns. One can find traditional “pan dulce” or sweet rolls, a corn “atole” drink or even a complete breakfast! Tomasa, a 36-year-old single woman who lives with her parents and four siblings, has a food stand. She shares with us that as the oldest daughter in the family, she helps out with the household expenses and the education of her siblings.

She makes delicious breads stuffed with chicken, beans, or sausages with eggs. She gets up at 5 a.m., starts baking and then sets up her stand on well-traveled streets in her town that is located in the department/state of Chimaltenango. Tomasa is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy ingredients for her recipes, pots, pans and straw baskets.

There are seven ladies including Tomasa in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Santo Tomas”. They meet monthly, make loan payments, and participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are drawn from four areas: business, health, family, and women. The classes are designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. Often the ladies share what they learn with family and friends. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services.

Tomasa and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world! Thank you!